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Joe Small raises funds for the NHS

19 May 2020

Joe completing his part of the cycle outdoors on his spin bike.

To support the NHS and frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Funky Trunks athlete Joe Small along with the Swansea High Performance Centre squad cycled the distance of the Welsh Coastline last weekend to raise funds to be donated to the NHS. The distance which was a total of 1400km was completed as a team relay on indoor and outdoor bikes with team members involved following social distancing measures to complete their goal.

Although not your conventional way to cycle the Welsh coastline (or anywhere for that matter), modern technology and some creative thinking have meant we can still stay connected and keep active and healthy no matter where we are confined to.

Joe Small
Left: Joe and Jackob Goodman. Right: When Joe isn?t swimming, he?s practising his Rugby skills (in Funky Trunks of course)

As restrictions start to relax in Australia, other countries around the world are still under strict government regulations with pool openings not quite in the grasp of many swimmers just yet. We asked Joe how things have changed in Wales and how his training has adapted during COVID-19:

"I have had my training adapted, as has everyone who trains in pools which are currently shut. We are sent cycling sessions for every morning to complete (apart from Sunday), via a One Drive document that is updated daily. We are also sent weight sessions to complete on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening, and given circuits to complete on a Tuesday and Thursday. We have to film all of our sessions and send them through to our coaching staff who will give us feedback based on the videos. We stay in touch as a team, with whole team meetings on a Monday and we get together for team games on Fridays via Zoom. Our individual meetings with coaches happen on a Tuesday and Thursday via video chat."

"Unfortunately at this stage we do not know when our pools will be open, as Wales have different lockdown rules to England (which are starting to loosen) unlike our own, however I am really looking forward to getting back in the water and seeing all my teammates and coaches again."

A job well done to Joe and the Swansea High Performance Centre. To read more about Joe?s fundraising efforts click here.

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